AC Milan star Kaka may need knee surgery

May 22, 2008

MILAN, May 22 (Reuters) - World Player of the Year Kaka will meet a specialist in Brazil to determine whether he needs surgery on his knee, AC Milan confirmed on Thursday.

Brazil's Globo television reported on Wednesday that he would be examined by Brazil team doctor Jose Luis Runco in Rio de Janeiro.

'AC Milan communicates that Kaka will undergo a specialist examination in Brazil to verify the condition of his left knee,' the club said in a statement on its Website.

'The examination will be performed by the medical staff of the Brazilian national team in the presence of club doctor Massimiliano Sala.'

The surgery would put Kaka out of action for about 15 days, ruling him out of friendlies against Canada and Venezuela, the report said. He could also miss next month's World Cup qualifiers away to Paraguay and at home to Argentina.

On Sunday, AC Milan said they would not allow him to take part in the Olympic Games tournament as an over-age player. The 26-year-old has been troubled this season by fitness problems.